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Research Master in Economics and Business

The Economics and Business research master's in Groningen is a tailor-made programme for ambitious students who want to pursue a career in research.

Are you interested in solving complex societal challenges, like climate change, public health and poverty? Do you want to learn from the best researchers and interact with ambitious fellow students? Are you interested in a research career inside or outside academia? Are you highly motivated to initiate and perform innovative research? Then this is the programme for you.

In the research master's programme in Economics and Business, we offer talented and motivated students a tailor-made study programme. This programme gives you a solid foundation in economics and business, and you get the opportunity to specialize in the area that meets your personal interests.

The motto of the programme is “learning research by doing research”. The core courses give you thorough training in all aspects of academic research (30EC), including philosophy of science, research methodology, and academic writing. For the largest part, you can choose from a variety of dedicated research master's courses in economics and business that meet your interest (60EC). Courses are generally small-scale and offer close interaction with lecturers, enabling the development of important analytical skills. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in courses and workshops offered by other schools in Groningen, The Netherlands and abroad. The master thesis (30 EC) allows you to further develop your research ideas under the supervision of experienced researchers.

To guide you in your course selection we provide support and have developed example programmes in a variety of specializations, for example, Leadership, Health management, Energy economics, and Operations management.

Do you want to contribute to solving important societal challenges of today?

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Research Master in Economics and Business (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60315
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • The programme was chosen 'Top-rated programme' and 'Best Research Master' in Economics and Business in the Netherlands in 2020, 2019 and in 2018 by Higher Education Guide Masters. It was rated as 'Best Research Master in the Netherlands' in 2016, 2015 and 2012 and as 'Top Programme' in 2016 and 2014.
  • You are individually supervised by high-quality researchers and in the programme we focus on research skills training, as well as deepening and broadening knowledge.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
Programme

In the first year, all students take 15 EC research courses, 10 EC research methods courses and 35 elective courses.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Elective courses (35 EC)
Learning and Practising Research (10 EC)
Philosophy of Science and Research Methodology (5 EC)
Research methods courses (10 EC)

In the second year, students further specialise in their research field and take 25EC electives and a 5EC research course. In the last semester, students write a 30EC research master thesis.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Academic Writing (5 EC)
Elective courses (25 EC)
Master's Thesis (30 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business AdministrationUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
International BusinessUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
SociologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Admission to the Research Master (RM) programme is selective, based on a thorough assessment of study results, personal competences and motivation. In principle, students with a BSc degree in Economics or Business are eligible for the RM programme.

Furthermore, students with a Bachelor degree in a related field, like psychology or sociology, may be admitted to some profiles of the programme. The Admission Board of the RM (appointed by the Examination Board) decides on admission. The Admission Board consists of the Director of Graduate Studies and the directors of the research programmes.

  • A strong motivation and talent for scientific research as exemplified by the motivation letter, course papers, thesis, and the activities listed in the curriculum vitae;
  • Excellent knowledge of the relevant fields and methods. In principle, students must have completed their Bachelor's or Master's degrees with an average grade of 8 (on a 10 point scale) and with a grade for their Bachelor research work (i.e. thesis) of at least 8;
  • Students with a relevant diploma from a Dutch university do not need to submit a GMAT/GRE score or an IELTS/TOEFL score.

For a complete overview of all the documents you need to upload, please visit https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc and the application checklist on https://www.rug.nl/feb/application-checklist.

If you want to know more about the programme, please contact:

(For general information on the application procedure and requirements)

(coordinator Research Master)

other admission requirements

Application date with scholarship: January 1

Application date: May 1

Read more about scholarship opportunities for EU/EEA-students (http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-economics-and-business/master-programme/scholarships)

Note: Late submissions may be processed, please first contact the coordinator.

Registration procedure

Follow these steps to apply to the Research Master.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Admission to the Research Master (RM) programme is selective, based on a thorough assessment of study results, personal competences and motivation. In principle, students with a BSc degree in Economics or Business are eligible for the RM programme.

Furthermore, students with a Bachelor degree in a related field, like psychology or sociology, may be admitted to some profiles of the programme. The Admission Board of the RM (appointed by the Examination Board) decides on admission. The Admission Board consists of the Director of Graduate Studies and the directors of the research programmes.

  • A strong motivation and talent for scientific research as exemplified by the motivation letter, course papers, thesis, and the activities listed in the curriculum vitae;
  • Excellent knowledge of the relevant fields and methods as exemplified by BSc or MSc grades and GMAT or GRE scores (our GMAT code is 7207). In principle, students must have completed their Bachelor's or Master's degrees with an average grade of 8 (on a 10-point scale) and with a grade for their Bachelor research work of at least 8. All applicants with a non-Dutch diploma need to have a GMAT/GRE.
  • Good abilities to read, write and speak in English, as exemplified by a TOEFL score of at least 90 (internet-based) with speaking at least 20 and writing at least 24. SOM's TOEFL code is 9077.
  • Alternatively, a score of at least 6.5 (speaking at least 6, writing at least 6.5) should have been obtained at an IELTS test of English proficiency.

For a complete overview of all the documents you need to upload, please visit https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc and the application checklist on https://www.rug.nl/feb/application-checklist.

If you want to know more about the programme, please contact:

(for general information on the application procedure and requirements)

(coordinator Research Master)

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (overall score 176, Speaking 169, Writing 176). SOM's TOEFL code is 9077.

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more information.
other admission requirements

Application date with scholarship: January 1 Application date: May 1

Read more about scholarship opportunities for EU/EEA-students (http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-economics-and-business/master-programme/scholarships) Note: Late submissions may be processed, please first contact the coordinator

Registration procedure

Follow these steps to apply to the Research Master.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
01 May 202401 September 2024
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 16201full-time
EU/EEA2023-2024€ 2314full-time
non-EU/EEA2023-2024€ 17800full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of the Research Master in Economics and Business, you are ideally placed to become a PhD student or to obtain a research position in a public or private organisation. So far, graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at, amongst others, the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of course Groningen.

As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

The Faculty of Economics and Business offers a range of facilities to help you prepare for the job market through, for example, a future job talk, a job assessment workshop, and a mock job interview.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

The study programme has a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. Before students can contribute to a field of study, they will need to know a great deal about that field and have sufficient knowledge about research methods and techniques. Students will, therefore, be provided with in-depth knowledge about a certain field of economics and business on the one hand, and will be trained in a wide range of research methods on the other.

The specialised courses offered throughout the Research Master reflect the state-of-the-art research performed by experienced scholars in their respective fields. Moreover, Research Master's students are individually supervised in their area of interest by renowned researchers. Read more about our seven research programmes within FEBRI- the research institute of FEB.

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						Testimonial of Steffen Eriksen

    "As a researcher each working day is different, as it depends on the project you are working on."

    – Steffen Eriksen
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    "The work I did as a student assistant combined with good thesis results allowed me to start as a researcher at the University of Groningen immediately after completing the MSc in Finance and the Research Master's. Although my current focus is in the area of microfinance and development economics, I am also interested in Asset Pricing, Investment Banking and Equity Research.

    As a researcher each working day is different, as it depends on the project you are working on. A typical working day for me starts by checking my e-mails and then planning the rest of my day. Some days I just have to do a lot of writing/programming, while other days I teach. The knowledge and skills required for this job overlap to a great extent with my studies – especially the econometric skills, which I still use on a daily basis. Nevertheless, what was missing was a general course unit which focused on how to write an academic article or a course unit teaching advanced tricks for programs such as R and Stata. The biggest difference between my studies and my current job is the level of responsibility. I would therefore recommend you plan ahead as this makes it much easier to get through."

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						Testimonial of Marit Drijfhout (current PhD student) and Thanh Nam LE (Alumnus)

    Completing the Research Master programme requires that you have to work hard, but if you enjoy doing research and strive to develop yourself, it is definitely worth it.

    – Marit Drijfhout (current PhD student) and Thanh Nam LE (Alumnus)

Study associations

MORE

MORE is an acronym for Masters Of REsearch. As the name suggests, it is the study association for all Research Master students of the Faculty of Economics and Business.
Its primary purpose of existence is to counterbalance the stressful Research Master program. It does so by hosting social events for all Research Master students within the faculty, thus keeping students from all profiles in touch with each other.
http://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-economics-and-business/master-programme/more

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/
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Study support

The coordinator of the Research Master acts as a dedicated study advisor. He will give you plenty of advice about your curriculum, keep a close eye on the progress of your research projects, and coach you on the road from a Research Master degree to a PhD, or to any other future career you may aspire to.